The full schedule of CBC’s Canada Day 2023 programming, reflecting voices, music and perspectives from communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast, can be found below and at CBC.ca/CanadaDay, including how to watch and listen on CBC Gem, CBC TV, CBC News Network, CBC Radio, CBC Music and CBC Listen.
CBC NEWS SPECIAL: CANADA DAY 2023
Saturday, July 1 live across the country at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT on CBC Gem, CBC TV, CBC News Network, and CBC News Explore
Hosted by David Cochrane live from LeBreton Flats Park in Ottawa, Canada Day 2023 will recognize Canada’s remarkable diversity and rich creative talents. Featuring special guests, a citizenship ceremony in Ottawa, speeches from dignitaries and performances by artists from across the country.
ANNE MURRAY: FULL CIRCLE *encore broadcast*
Saturday, July 1 at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT on CBC Gem and CBC TV
A celebration of the small-town girl from Nova Scotia who became a Canadian icon and international superstar.
MARGARET ATWOOD: ENCOUNTERS *encore broadcast*
Saturday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. local time (8 AT, 8:30 NT) on CBC TV and available to stream anytime on CBC Gem
A look at the private Margaret Atwood. Meet the woman behind the stories.
CANADA DAY: A PLAYLIST TO CELEBRATE
Saturday, July 1 live across the country at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m PT on CBC Gem, CBC TV and CBC News Network
Isabelle Racicot hosts the evening special live from LeBreton Flats Park in Ottawa with appearances by Jann Arden, Les Louanges, Clerel, Roxane Bruneau, Jojo Mason, Madison Violet, Aysanabee, Dubmatique, Josh Q, France D’Amour, Dax, Josiane, Preston Pablo, Tegan and Sara, Dear Rouge and 6 Hearts. The special will journey from Canada’s Capital Region in Ontario to Charlottetown, Calgary and Vancouver, and will feature a touching Gordon Lightfoot salute from various artists.
TOWER OF SONG: A MEMORIAL TRIBUTE TO LEONARD COHEN *encore broadcast*
Saturday, July 1 at 10 p.m. ET (11 AT, 11:30 NT) on CBC TV and available to stream anytime on CBC Gem
A memorial tribute to Leonard Cohen, filmed in Montreal and featuring performances by Sting, Elvis Costello, k.d.lang, Feist, Lana del Rey, his son Adam Cohen, and many more.
THE GREAT CANADIAN GOOSE SHOW *encore broadcast*
Friday, June 30 at 12 p.m. local time (12:30 NT) on CBC Radio and CBC Listen
This program is a lighthearted celebration of the iconic Canadian goose. They are simultaneously an important food source for hunters, urban pests, beloved wildlife, and picnic ruiners. Host Jason D’Souza explores stories that reflect the country’s relationships with these antagonistic, but emblematic birds.
Friday, June 30 at 4 p.m. local time (4:30 NT) on CBC Radio and CBC Listen
100 YEARS LATER: THE DARK SIDE OF GOLD MOUNTAIN
Friday, June 30 at 5 p.m. local time (5:30 NT) on CBC Radio and CBC Listen
Chinese-Canadians are one of the largest ethnic groups in the country. 100 years after the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed to ban them from entering Canada, hosts Lu Zhou and Vivian Luk explore why Chinese-Canadians continue to feel excluded and stigmatized.
CBC MUSIC MORNINGS “THE ESSENTIALS” *encore broadcast*
Friday, June 30 at 8:40 am local time (9:10 NT) on CBC Music and CBC Listen
Guest-host Miguel Rivas shares five tracks that are essential to understanding Gordon Lightfoot’s place in musical history.
CBC MUSIC DRIVE “DEEP DIVE” *encore broadcast*
Friday, June 30 at 5 p.m. local time (5:30 NT) on CBC Music and CBC Listen
Host Rich Terfry dives into the music and history behind Gordon Lightfoot’s album Sundown.
Saturday, July 1 6 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. local time on CBC Radio and CBC Listen
Hosted by Paul Karchut out of Calgary, featuring great new Canadian music suggested by CBC’s weekend hosts from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
CENTRE STAGE WITH DANIEL BARTHOLOMEW-POYSER
Saturday, July 1 at 12 p.m. local time (12:30 NT) on CBC Music and CBC Listen
Host Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser brings you works by two Canadian composers. André Mathieu’s Concerto No. 3 gets a stellar performance by Orchestre Metropolitain led by conductor Alain Trudel. Plus you’ll hear Ann Southam’s hypnotic and beautiful Glass Houses played by Canadian pianist Christina Petrowksa Quilico.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE OPERA WITH MARION NEWMAN
Saturday, July 1 at 1 p.m. local time (1:30 NT) on CBC Music and CBC Listen
Two original Canadian operas from Quebec will be featured: Catherine Major’s operatic version of Michel Tremblay’s famous play Albertine en Cinq Temps, performed by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Jacques Lacombe. Then, a recital by the young Indigenous soprano Elisabeth St-Gelais, recorded especially for CBC Music this spring at McGill University. Plus, Mary Morrison, the legendary 96-year-old Toronto voice teacher joins Marion to share stories and memorable performances by her students who have gone on to become some of Canada’s biggest opera stars, including Tracy Dahl and Measha Brueggergosman.
SATURDAY NIGHT JAZZ WITH LAILA BIALI
Saturday, July 1 at 8 p.m. local time (8:30 NT) on CBC Music and CBC Listen
Featuring Latin jazz from Luis Deniz and Jane Bunnett & Maqueque and ending with a few tunes sung en français by Sophie Day and Sonia Johnson. Then, the newest release from The Nimmons Tribute Band with the music of Oscar Peterson; a Short Bop from Daniel Barnes; Lauren Falls offers a New View; and you’ll hear The City Lights with Larnell Lewis. Also featured will be Kaytranada, Jesse Ryan, and The Ostara Project.
On July 1, CBC Music will also feature entirely Canadian music playlists on CBC MUSIC WEEKEND MORNINGS and C’EST FORMIDABLE.